Monthly Archives: January 2011

Blu-Ray, Web Services Come To Rescue Of Home Video

Spending on DVDs, Blu-ray discs and video-on-demand in the U.S. fell about 4 percent last year, as growth in newer formats slowed the decline in the home entertainment industry. According to preliminary estimates from IHS Screen Digest, sales topped $18 … Continue reading

Graphic Capability Key Goal for Chip Makers

In the chip business it used to be all about speed. These days the goal is better graphics. Computer chip makers like Intel and AMD tried to outdo each other by putting out ever-faster chips, and then by improving battery … Continue reading

Inflation up in Europe

Higher prices for food, oil and other commodities are starting to boost inflation in the euro area.  At the same time British residents got their first taste of higher taxes on retail goods and services. Annual inflation in the euro … Continue reading

Brazil Set to Pressure China on Currency Policy

The US wants China to let its currency strengthen. Now the US has an ally in Brazil. Brazil’s newly appointed Trade Minister Fernando Pimentel said Monday that President Dilma Rousseff, who took office Jan. 1, intends to put Chinese currency … Continue reading

New Life Seen in Office Space Market

The amount of occupied U.S. office space increased for the first time in nearly three years during the fourth quarter of 2010. Why?  More companies that had been putting off real-estate decisions got back into the leasing market. Rents are … Continue reading